“Made brand new” Testimony of Colin Chance

One of the best advice I love to give singles is, “Seek the Lord then look to your left and your right to see who is doing the same.”  

Today I have the pleasure of introducing to you Colin Chance.  You will love his honest and relatable journey toward the cross and his world-changing heart. Colin was also one of the first to stop me and say, “Hey you’re that lady that tells sorority girls they can change the world”….So, in other words, I want to adopt him.
Take it away Colin!

Have you ever attempted a diet and in just a few short days, you’ve found yourself breaking it? Maybe
you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to start exercising. But after about the third week into the year,
you skip a day. And by the second week of February, you’ve given up on the idea altogether.

Well, for me, being a Christian was a lot like this! I grew up in a home where I learned stories of Adam and Eve,
Abraham, King David, and of course, Jesus! I knew the story of Jesus; the story of how he came to die on
a cross for our sins. After all, it’s hard to grow up in the South and not know that story. With all of this
information, I spent the first 19 years of my life trying to be a Christian. To tell you the truth, I was really
bad at it! I seemed to be living my life in some sort of cycle of recommitting my life to Christ over and
over. I would find myself at a church camp or church service filled with emotions of how much I love
Jesus. I would commit to reading my bible a certain amount each day, reminding myself to pray before
bed, and seeking to treat people much better. Often this would go on for a week or so. But it would
slowly fade into me no longer striving to accomplish these goals at all. Sure, there were times when I
would manage to “live like a Christian” for a month or two, but it never lasted.

It’s kind of silly to look back on it now. I was attempting to do something that I could never do. You see,
Colin will never be able to live a Christian life. Yes, I can go to church, lead a bible study, or even be a
preacher. These things may qualify me as being a Christian according to the world’s standards. However,
regardless of what this world has told us, none of these things can make me a Christian.

Jesus once had a conversation with a man named Nicodemus (John ch. 3). In this conversation, Jesus told Nicodemus
that you have to be born again to see God’s kingdom. You see, Jesus never asks us to be someone we

be born again to see God’s kingdom.

Jesus never asks us to be someone we cannot be. He doesn’t tell us to change and then come to Him.

Literally, a new being who is truly born again.
This does not mean that we enter back into our mother’s womb to be born again. No, that would still create the same old sinful
Colin. Jesus is speaking of a spiritual birth! The love of Jesus is so great and so vast that He desires for us
to begin doing life with Him instead of trying to do it on our own. When we choose to do life with Jesus,
He does these “Christian” things through us! There is no more recommitting my life because it is no
longer about Colin committing to doing things. It is now simply about allowing Jesus to do things
through me!
To be completely honest with you, I am a selfish and prideful person. I am incapable of loving people
without having selfish motives. I am incapable of serving someone without seeking something in return.
I am incapable of having joy in the worst of circumstances. But the good news is that Colin has been
crucified with Christ! It is no longer Colin who lives, but Christ who lives within in me! (Galatians 2:20)
It’s so beautiful because all of those selfish desires of mine have been put to death when Jesus paid for
my sins on the cross. And on the third day, when He rose from the dead, so did I. I was given new life!
Just as he described to Nicodemus, I was born again. And with this new life, He has given me new
desires. They are to simply love Him and to love all the people He has created (YOU)! And it is the
greatest joy to get to do these two things!

Colin Chance

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